Ten years on the EDGE of Existence

10 Oct 2017 18:00 - 19:45

In the midst of what is considered the sixth global mass extinction, it is more important than ever to conserve the world’s biodiversity. 

ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme highlights and conserves one-of-a-kind species that are on the verge of extinction by safeguarding those that are Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered. These species, such as the Chinese giant salamander, long-beaked echidna, shoebill and Baird's tapir, currently represent some of the longest and most threatened branches of the tree of life.

Scientists from ZSL and beyond will highlight the latest research into conserving the evolutionary history of life on Earth, and discuss how exploring the tree of life can be used effectively to guide conservation decision making. To mark the 10-year anniversary of the EDGE of Existence programme, discover how this mission is achieved in the wild from an EDGE Fellow who is leading pioneering conservation work on their local EDGE species.



  • Dr Nisha Owen, EDGE of Existence Programme Manager, ZSL
    The evolution of EDGE: incorporating scientific advances into phylogenetically-informed conservation prioritisation
  • Dr James Rosindell, Imperial College London/OneZoom and Yan Wong, Oxford Big Data Institute/OneZoom
    Popularising the tree of life
  • Dr Felix Forest, Kew Gardens
    Gymnosperms on the EDGE: creating the world’s first phylogenetic prioritisation scheme for plant
  • Dr Caleb Ofori-Boateng, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana and Herp Conservation Ghana (former EDGE Fellow)
    Prioritisation in practice: conserving EDGE amphibians in Ghana

Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.

  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.

Book a 3-course dinner with the speakers

  • All attendees are welcome to attend a 3-course dinner with the speakers after the event. 

  • Dinner places cost £35 per person (including 2 glasses of wine).  Bookings should be made via the link above before 4 October.


  • Contact Jennifer Howes, Scientific Events Coordinator jennifer.howes@zsl.org; 0207 449 6227

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